Regardless of where we stand on other issues, pretty much everyone can agree: the problem with superhero films is that they’re too fun. Thankfully, Justice League Dark director Doug Liman understands that superheroes are basically no different from any generic action hero, except with less flamboyant costumes (but still, both have “pouches”). In an interview with Collider, Liman said:
I have a really amazing take on it, that is in keeping with my approach to superheroes. Jason Bourne is a superhero, of sorts. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, in The Wall, are superheroes. They’re very grounded, but the amount of training and stuff that soldiers bring to the field, they’re like Iron Man. If they open up another pouch, they’ve got another thing. It’s amazing, how resourceful they are and how much stuff they bring into the field. They’re like superheroes. So, I’m really excited, with Justice League Dark, to actually look at what it’s like, if I actually tackle a real superhero, but it’s not gonna look that different from my other superheroes.
Is Doug Liman the guy who finally gets it? Does he understand that superheroes are just action heroes in tights with nothing else to make them special? Will we finally get the “grounded” take on the superhero genre that we’ve all been clamoring for? What a unique and refreshing take that would be!
There’s just one problem, however. The characters in Justice League Dark aren’t known for wearing pouches, as they don’t really fit the usual superhero mold in the first place. Also, their concepts aren’t particularly known for being grounded either. Ah well. That will just make it all the more impressive when Liman pulls this off.